Effort to make UMass more energy efficient


AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The University of Massachusetts and the Western Mass Electric Company are joining forces to increase energy efficiency on campus.

On Thursday, UMass and WMECo re-affirmed their commitment to energy consumption reduction. They signed an agreement in the Campus Center for a three-year plan aimed at reducing energy consumption by more than 2% annually.

WMECo is offering incentive funding for energy efficiency, technical assistance, and education programs on campus.

As part of the plan, WMECo will be involved in new design, construction, expansion and renovation on campus of over 10,000 square feet.

Tilak Suberahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency for Northeast Utilities, told 22News about how they’ll be saving money.

“Certainly not witchcraft: this is physics right? Light bulbs are the most easily understood: you are taking incandescent bulbs where 90% of the electricity goes out as heat and replacing them with LEDs,” Suberahmanian said.

The effort aims to make energy efficiency at least 25% better than current state code, and save the University about $300,000.

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